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Jelavic: Boss can count on me

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic hopes he will be given a chance to shine in the Premier League after his star turn in the FA Cup third round.

Jelavic has had to watch from the sidelines with Romelu Lukaku taking centre stage in the Premier League this season.

The Croatia striker has no complaints about Lukaku leading the line but he hopes his performance in the 4-0 demolition of QPR on Saturday has reminded Martinez - and his country's national selectors - of his talents.

Jelavic scored twice, as well as missing a penalty which he chipped against the bar, in his first start since September. He is worried his lack of game time may affect his chances of playing for Croatia at the World Cup.

Boss Roberto Martinez does not want to sell him and Jelavic told the club's website: "It's been difficult. But Romelu (scorer of nine goals for the Toffees this season) is on fire - I'm delighted for him if I'm being honest.

"I'm training hard and every day I have been waiting for my chance. Now the manager saw that he can count on me as well, so we will see.

"We will see in the end but I hope he is going to give me more chances. I have played 90 minutes so I enjoyed every minute on the pitch.

"I was unlucky to not score a hat-trick but I'm happy with two as well. The first one I just smashed past the keeper and for the second one Bryan Oveido made a good cross and I was in the right place.

"I don't know (why he chipped the penalty). I just thought I was going to chip it whatever happens.

"There was punishment in the end because I missed it. But to be honest, I enjoyed things overall. We dominated over the 90 minutes and it was good to play.

"It's not the only game. There are plenty more and I hope I can score a hat-trick in another game."